AND VALUES - INTRODUCTION
years, wetlands were viewed as nuisances in America. Their natural values
were measured against the value of their use as dry land. Because the
natural functions of wetlands were not well understood, the accepted
practice was to drain them in order to make the land more "useful" to
humans (Illinois Department of Natural Resources 1997).
recent years, wetlands have received a large amount of public attention.
As a result, increased scientific study of these unique ecosystems at
the global, national, state, and local levels has taken place. These
studies have revealed the important biological, hydrological, terrestrial,
and ecological functions wetlands perform. Knowledge of these functions
has improved the recognition of wetlands as important, valuable ecosystems.
section is designed to improve our understanding of wetlands by dicussing
the various beneficial functions wetlands perform.
Introduction | Biological Functions
| Threatened & Endangered Species | Hydrological
Functions | Water Quality | Ground
Water Recharge | Terrestrial Functions |
Aesthetics & Recreation
|Economics | Conclusion
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